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Awards scheme boosts turnover

By CLARE WEIR

Three companies in Northern Ireland have increased their turnover by up to three times after taking part in a programme which aims to grow the supply chain and increase competitiveness in the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

Moyola Precision Engineering of Castledawson, Dontaur Precision Engineering from Ballymena and JW Kane Precision Engineering from Portadown said they had all experienced huge growth.

They were some of the first companies in Northern Ireland to take part in the SC21 programme, set up by ADS Group, the UK trade body for the four sectors.

The SC21 provides gold, silver and bronze industry-level awards, awarded to companies which have reached levels of excellence in service delivery and manufacturing quality.

Damian McArdle, managing director at JW Kane, said that in 2010, turnover was £3.6m, now it is £6.6m and the forecast for next year is £9.5m. "That is a tripling in growth since we started on the SC21 Programme," he said.

"SC21 has provided a structure and a quality culture for us to grow in business excellence and has brought us closer to our customers."

Moyola Precision Engineering first signed up to the SC21 Programme in 2007 and the company was awarded a silver accreditation last year.

Managing director Mark Semple said the programme had been hugely important to Moyola. "Not only does an independent, industry-recognised award demonstrate our supply chain efficiencies to prospective clients, but the training and diagnostics the programme provided have increased shop-floor productivity.

These factors, and many more, have contributed to a doubling of our aerospace turnover," he said.

Nigel Hicklin, managing director at Dontaur Precision Engineering, added: "We are on the verge of doubling our turnover since we started on SC21."

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